Environment minister discussing ways to save protectorates
Urban development minister Laila Iskander - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Minister of Environment Laila Rashed Iskander met on Sunday with the team tasked with the ministry’s project to enhance administrative systems and finance protectorates.

The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility and U.N. Development Program in Egypt in coordination with the Ministry of Environment.

It aims at developing sustainable financial mechanism for nature reserves and creating strategic procedures that ensure the implementation of the predetermined plans for protecting protectorates in a specific timeframe.

During the meeting, Iskander called for creating and activating a joint committee that comprises the relevant governmental bodies, locals and NGOs to ensure the development and preservation of Egypt’s protectorates.

Head of Nature Protection Central Department (NPCD) Mohamed Talaat said that the meeting discussed the possibility to engage the private sector in managing activities related to the protectorates, the extent of management efficiency and the volume of violations of protectorates nationwide.

Talaat criticized the government’s bureaucratic procedures, which led to the lack of coordination between the NPCD and the administrative bodies at Egypt’s governorates where protectorates are found.

Originally published in Youm7.

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